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Future mementos – The Daily PPILL #104

Future mementos – The Daily PPILL #104

I was listening at an excellent podcast episode from “99% Invisible”, about how the US flag got designed and crafted. It happens to be that there is an actual surviving specimen of the Star Spangled Banner (not our anthem, but an actual flag), which is now...
The forest vs. the terrarium – The Daily PPILL #103

The forest vs. the terrarium – The Daily PPILL #103

There is a lot of talk lately in the Channel circles about ecosystems. Some think that they are the newest must-have model for any company to succeed. I would argue that the channel has always been an ecosystem. Partners have always used complementary products, and...
The Bottleneck – The Daily PPILL #102

The Bottleneck – The Daily PPILL #102

As you move along your journey, whatever it is, you’ll find an obstacle. In productivity terms, that’s a “bottleneck”, and it is exactly that: a narrowing of your throughput at that point. Just like at the neck of the bottle, where the liquid...
What’s for breakfast? – The Daily PPILL #101

What’s for breakfast? – The Daily PPILL #101

I started out this project with the aim of building a daily writing habit. After hitting my 100th article, it feels easier but now other questions start to come to mind. As anybody engaged in any creative endeavor, I am also mindful of the audience, and while I am not...
Two orders of magnitude – The Daily PPILL #100

Two orders of magnitude – The Daily PPILL #100

Did you read that? Today is The Daily PPILL # One f-in hundred! I owe you a big piece of my gratitude. Without the few who have liked and commented my posts, I may have never gotten here. It has been a lot of hard work, and even more of that unrelenting determination...
Conversations with ourselves – The Daily PPILL #99

Conversations with ourselves – The Daily PPILL #99

You have been forgetting about it for the last two weeks. And it is bugging you. So now you remembered, and you don’t want to forget again. So you email yourself. You send a reminder from today’s You, to Future You. Tomorrow, you remember yet another...
Coupe Ambulance – The Daily PPILL #98

Coupe Ambulance – The Daily PPILL #98

You know what the Minimum Viable Product is. (If you never heard about it GO HERE) It is fundamental for any startup effort, or even introducing a new product or process. There is a different use for the same thinking though. As the question, What are the minimum set...
Wife says the darnest things – The Daily PPILL #97

Wife says the darnest things – The Daily PPILL #97

If you are a frequent traveler, you have seen it all. Besides the fact that the boarding process is one of the most dreadful steps in getting from point A to B, Airlines also get judged on their on-time departure. A big factor on being able to close the aircraft doors...
The bumper sticker – The Daily PPILL #96

The bumper sticker – The Daily PPILL #96

We have seen it. Someone is driving around with a sticker attached to the back of their vehicle. Sometimes offensive, sometimes funny. We assume that whatever the content is, is something that the driver “stands for”. Some are mass-produced stickers. Some...
There is people in the Jetway – The Daily PPILL #95

There is people in the Jetway – The Daily PPILL #95

“Out of sight, out of mind” It is easy to forget about other people who we are not seeing, or who we haven’t seen in a while. I’ll give you one example from my recent travels. As you know, every time you are about to aboard a plane, there comes...
Drive Bubble – The Daily PPILL #93

Drive Bubble – The Daily PPILL #93

Modern GPS and turn-by-turn direction is fantastic. It allows to plan ahead, avoid traffic, etc. A long list of “etceteras”. I cannot know for sure the mechanisms that intervene in getting us from point A to point B and predicting traffic, but still, it is...
Speed gauge – The Daily PPILL #90

Speed gauge – The Daily PPILL #90

That things are speeding up is nothing new for anyone, but the rate of change is increasing quite dramatically. In a previous post, I described the process that I use to publish on this newsletter, and if you may remember, I try to keep a backlog of articles, because...
How I overcome “writer’s block” – The Daily PPILL #89

How I overcome “writer’s block” – The Daily PPILL #89

During my daily writing journey, many have either asked me how do I manage to write something everyday or they have just shook their heads in disbelief like if would be an unattainable feat. To be honest, it looked like that to me as well a few months ago. The truth...
An unevenly distributed future – The Daily PPILL #88

An unevenly distributed future – The Daily PPILL #88

I confess that sometimes the rhythm of change can overwhelm me, especially being in the tech industry and “simmering in the stew”. At the same time, it is exhilarating. Makes you hope that maybe tomorrow, you’ll see something amazing. Another...
Prices, and what do they do to us – The Daily PPILL #87

Prices, and what do they do to us – The Daily PPILL #87

In my consulting practice, I have seen repeatedly how some companies insist in over-complicating their go-to-market motions to compensate for completely inadequate pricing models that they have placed on their products or services. Best explanation I can come up with...
Pride or Chutzpah? – The Daily PPILL #86

Pride or Chutzpah? – The Daily PPILL #86

We all celebrate pride. When there is a true reason to feel proud, you should walk around with your head high, with nothing to feel ashamed of. Sometimes is difficult. If you have been humiliated, wronged, and bullied, it takes an extra dose of righteousness to keep...
Leading through life with joy – The Daily PPILL #85

Leading through life with joy – The Daily PPILL #85

Europeans do things differently. We know that. The simplest things. How they hold their silverware, the clothes they wear, they even drink alcohol unapologetically. But there is one thing that they do differently that just fascinates me: the way they teach kids to...
Search engine making you dumb? – The Daily PPILL #84

Search engine making you dumb? – The Daily PPILL #84

Since the appearance of the search engine a great deal has changed about how we do things. I can still remember when memorizing something at hearth, was not just something for convenience, to have the most frequently needed information “in the cache”, and available...
Pricing: art or science? – The Daily PPILL #82

Pricing: art or science? – The Daily PPILL #82

Price. It is everywhere. We invented money, credit, and we also invented the price tag. Granted, price is not just that number on a tag, you can specify price in a barter equivalent, but in modern times, it has been reduced to an abstract number. But, How is it set?...
Is it a restaurant or a cooking class? – The Daily PPILL #81

Is it a restaurant or a cooking class? – The Daily PPILL #81

Most companies offer products or services that have a number of well-known, set features. They are a “finished good” and we gladly pay a premium for this work. Take for example a Restaurant. We would we pay three, four, or even 40 times as much for a meal that we...